What is it about?
The interdisciplinary nature of library and information science (LIS) research has been highlighted for some time now. The term “interdisciplinary” is used primarily in the LIS literature as a general concept with different meanings that refer either to the coexistence of researchers from different scientific fields or to cross-disciplinary collaboration expressed in the form of coauthorship. This study analyses the disciplinary profile of LIS researchers with a view to ascertaining the actual level of cross-disciplinary collaboration and identifying all fields involved
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Why is it important?
Because despite much of the literature on LIS research say that this research area is interdisciplinary, in the case of France, Germany, Spain and UK, cross-disciplinary collaboration among all of the scientific fields involved is low, and even lower in LIS than in other fields. The low level of cross-disciplinary collaboration in LIS contradicts the interdisciplinary nature of LIS highlighted in the literature.
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This page is a summary of: Cross-disciplinary collaboration versus coexistence in LIS serials: analysis of authorship affiliations in four European countries, Scientometrics, April 2020, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11192-020-03471-z.
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Level and type of coauthorship collaboration
Articles with collaborations out of the total output analysed reached a 46.9% of the total.Of the total number of articles with collaborations, 36.6% were between authors from different fields, thus indicating that only 17.1% of the papers involved cross-disciplinary collaboration, and 7.7% of cross-disciplinary collaborations involved LIS-affiliated authors
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